Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Wisdom for everyday living

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a household name. His teachings are widely popular across the globe. He was born in the year 1956 in Tamil Nadu, India. Referred as Sri-Sri, guruji or Guru deva he is the one behind the foundation of Art of Living Foundation. With millions of followers across the globe this spiritual guru’s wisdom is popular and is considered practical and beneficial to modern day living.

This Sagacious Saturday let’s learn to take some wisdom from his teachings and quotes that are often considered beneficial for every day living.

So, let’s begin!

What do you think, who is your biggest enemy? If you think, your friends, colleagues, neighbors or relatives are your enemies, then it’s time for you to consider the question again. If you could silently sit and figure out who your biggest enemy is, then your conscience will not hesitate to say that it is you, yourself. Yes, You and your anger is your biggest enemy. But have ever thought makes you angry? Or maybe you have thought about that but you probably haven’t found a solution to it. So, just look at what Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has to say about anger

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Wisdom for every day living
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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Anger:

Why can’t we control over anger? because we love perfection. Make a little room for imperfection in your life.

There is no use getting angry at something that has already happened. All you can do is your best to check it doesn’t happen again.

The next biggest problem encountered by almost every one of us is ‘Worrying’. Everyone is on the verge of worrying not knowing about the fact that worrying brings nothing with it. If we could understand that spirituality can be used as a medium to reduce our anxiety we would rather spend our time to grow spiritually than wasting our time worrying. Look what Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has to say about worrying

On Worrying:


Worrying doesn’t make any difference, but working does and spirituality gives one the strength to work.

Nothing in the world can bother you as much as your mind, I tell you. In fact, others seem to be bothering you, but it is not others, it is your own mind.

Often at times we take measures that are not actually in alignment with our problems. We get motivated from others for a different problem or scenario and likewise we might inspire to be something just by looking at external factors and thus it creates chaos. Not knowing the difference between motivation and inspiration is the reason why we fail at internal analysis of the self and external analysis of the world. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar clearly prescribes the difference between inspiration and motivation. Next time you determine what should be your motivation and inspiration remember what Sri Sri said.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Motivation and Inspiration

Difference between motivation and inspiration – Motivation is external and short-lived. Inspiration is internal and lifelong.

Let me ask you this! How often do you think about the future? Are you worried about what the future will be? Does the memories of past disturb you? If so then you are actually a victim of past and future. Just remember the following quote by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar whenever you get carried away divulging in past and future.

On Living Today

Today is a gift from God – that is why it is called the present. – Celebrating silence. Excerpts from five years and weekly knowledge 1995 – 2000

How strong is your faith? Why is that you don’t believe in the power of miracles? Have you ever realized that faith is so powerful that it has the power to move mountains? Maybe you have heard about the power of faith but you haven’t experienced it yet. To exercise the magical miracle of faith you must first have faith and believe in the power of faith. See what Sri Sri Ravi Shankar quotes about Faith in his celebrating silence. Excerpts from five years and weekly knowledge 1995 – 2000

Ravi Shankar on Faith:

Faith is realizing that you always get what you need –

Celebrating silence. Excerpts from five years and weekly knowledge 1995 – 2000

We human beings are a bundle of wants and it’s okay to have wants and desires in moderation. What if these become obsession? Ever thought about it? Everything in moderation is acceptable, but if it becomes an obsession that’s where the problems start. We are so obsessed with our comforts, perfection, money, relationships etc. These then start creating problems like laziness, pride, anger, greed etc. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in his Celebrating Silence. Excerpts from five years and weekly knowledge 1995 – 2000 quotes beautifully about it.

Sri Sri on Wants, Desires and Obsession:

In always wanting to be comfortable, you become lazy. And In always wanting perfection, you become angry. Moreover, In always wanting to be rich, you become greedy.

Celebrating silence. Excerpts from five years and weekly knowledge 1995 -2000

Creativity is always about self-development. It is an important aspect of every human being that helps him achieve his self-actualizing needs. A quality or habit that is essential to open new dimensions in your life. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in his management mantra quotes creativity as follows:

On creativity:

Creativity can only come from silence. If we maintain two minutes of silence for ourselves every day, then we will see that a whole new dimension of life opens up.

Management mantra

Sri Sri on overcoming ego, jealousy and pride:

Why do you think you are unhappy most of the time? Do you know that the negative qualities like jealousy, ego, pride etc. are the result of comparison?

Your comparison with your own performance is better, is healthy but if you start comparing with others, in all probability, yo will feel jealous.

Bhagavad Gita

If someone blames you directly, don’t believe it. Just know that they are taking away your bad karma and let it.

Celebrating Silence

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s mantra to improve life:

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar also speaks about the negative qualities like Worry, blame, irritation, anger, anxiety, depression etc.. In his 25 ways to improve your life, he quotes as follows

You are not here to be sad. And You are not here to blame. You are not here to be miserable. And You are not here to worry. You are not here to show off. And You are not here to get stressed out. You are not here to get irritated and irritate others.

25 ways to improve your life.

And some more quotes by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

On winning the whole world

If you can win over your mind. You can win over the whole world.

Just be calm and Relax. You will get all your answers automatically.

The best form of service is to uplift someone’s state of mind.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Love and Happiness:

Welcome each day with a genuine smile from within. That smile comes when you know for sure that the divine loves you.

‘Spiritual Blossoming’ means expanding in all dimensions – being happy, at ease with yourself and with everybody around you.

Just become totally content and happy from within. Then you will get all that you want.

Love is seeing God in the person next to us and meditation is seeing god within us.

We hope that these teachings from Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has truly inspired you. Let us know in the comment section about what you think.

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